A Free Font in Paris

Robby Woodard's picture

My wife finally talked me in taking her to Paris this summer.

Somewhere between the Louvre and Sacre Coeur we stumbled on to the Galeries Lafayette, a giant unbelievably luxurious french department store. I was shocked to see the place was just dripping with the font Ashby that I designed several years ago. It was used on just about every sign and banner and display in the place.

Ashby is the second font I ever created. When I couldn't get anybody to distribute it, I let it go free. With no EULA or anything -- like a big dummy.

Even though I'm the designer, I had never really seen it in use so much. It does look pretty good for the most part. But I see now it has a lot of silly errors. When I was working on it, I was obsessing on making the whole thing completely evenly weighted and I really could have used better judgement that I didn't possess at the time. Even the accents are the same stroke weight as the glyphs and that looks pretty funky especially when set in French.

The Galeries seem to be a serious business so I am surprised to see them using a free font off the web so heavily. But If they are going to use it like that, I would love to work out a pro version of Ashby for them that looks a little more professional. And maybe not quite so free.

Any ideas on how to get hold of their art department? And somebody who hopefully speaks english??

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